Galaxy A70 headed to the US, could first launch on Verizon
While Samsung has plans for the Galaxy A series mapped out beyond 2020, the company hasn’t been very quick with bringing the 2019 Galaxy A smartphones to the US. That’s not surprising, as the mid-range Galaxy A lineup had stayed away from North American shores until last year. This year, Samsung brought a handful of 2019 A series phones to consumers in the US and Canada. Now, it looks like the Galaxy A70 could soon be sold stateside as well.
In development for Verizon at this time
Earlier this month, the FCC certified the US variant of the Galaxy A70, which sports model number SM-A705U. We can confirm that the device is in development for Verizon, but it’s highly likely that other carriers will also offer it to their customers at some point in the future. It may also land in Canada, although a release date or time frame is hard to pinpoint for either market.
The A70 will join the Galaxy A6, Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A20, and Galaxy A50 on the list of Galaxy A smartphones that are currently available in the United States. And that’s a good thing, if you read our Galaxy A70 review. The phone has plenty of attractive features, most impressive of which is a 4,500 mAh battery that supports 25W super fast charging like the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.
The A70 will be slightly outdated when it debuts in the US
However, it’s unfortunate that Samsung isn’t directly launching the Galaxy A70s (pictured below) in the US. The A70s is the same phone as the A70, but it upgrades the 32MP rear camera on the latter to a 64MP camera. Megapixels aren’t everything, yes, but even without the camera upgrade, it makes little sense for Samsung to launch the Galaxy A70 in the US a couple of months after a slightly better variant is available in other (albeit limited) markets.
Then again, perhaps we should be grateful that Samsung is even bringing some of its Galaxy A series to the country instead of keeping it exclusive to the rest of the world as it has done in years past. Hopefully, starting next year, consumers in the US will start getting these devices at the same time as everyone else, especially considering how good Samsung’s mid-range offerings have become in recent times.